Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse
Between 1999 and 2016, more than 10,000 Oklahomans died from
drug overdose; and, more than 6,500 of those deaths involved an
opioid- On average, one Oklahoman dies every day from an
opioid overdose. (1)
What is an Opioid?
Opioids are substances that work on the nervous system in the body
or specific receptors in the brain to reduce the intensity of pain.
Prescription opioids can be used to treat moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following surgery or injury, or for health conditions such as cancer. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the acceptance and use of prescription opioids for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain, such as back pain or osteoarthritis, despite serious risks and the lack of evidence about their long-term effectiveness.
Opioids are being overprescribed. And it is not children reaching in medicine cabinets who have made drug poisoning the #1 cause of unintentional death in the United States. Adults have been prescribed opioids by doctors and subsequently become addicted or move from pills to heroin.
Perhaps even more alarming: 70% of people who have abused prescription painkillers reported getting them from friends or relatives. Most people don't know that sharing opioids is a felony. (2)
In 2010, more than 400,000 emergency room visits were made related to prescription painkillers
Four out of five new heroin users started by misusing prescription painkillers (3)
Help keep families safe.
Research indicates people who take opioid painkillers quickly can
develop a tolerance to and dependence on this class of drug;
learn how they work and why they can be risky.
Talk to children about taking drugs that weren't prescribed.
For more information check out OK I'm Ready.org
(1) -the Opiod Facts
(2) & (3) the National Safety Council, "Prescription Drug Abuse",